German Buch News: Panel on the Google Settlement; Kids Book Prices Up 12%

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By Siobhan O’Leary

You can’t browse through the German trade publications without reading story after story about the European statement objecting to the Google Settlement. Today, BuchReport features a round-up of an IFA panel discussion on the subject, which included Börsenverein chief executive Alexander Skipis, Berlin-based Google lobbyist Annette Kroeber-Riel, Dieter Gorny of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (the German Music Industry Association), Jens Seipenbusch of the Piratenpartei (the Pirate Party) and Oliver Süme of eco -Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft (the Association of the German Internet Industry), among others.

The report highlights Skipis’ assessment that Libreka.de, the online book search database run by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels, a subsidiary of the Börsenverein, is “the world’s largest platform of its kind”. He also added that copyright law should be enforced by constitutional means, and not by excessively punishing the individual downloader.

Videos of the panel are available here, here, and here.

The Federal Statistics Office of Germany (Destatis) has released its latest consumer price index. For the most part, the results remained unchanged from those of August 2008, reports the Boersenblatt. One notable exception was the category of children’s and young adult books, which saw price hikes of 12% over last year. Perhaps families of small children won’t notice the difference as the cold months approach, as the price of heating oil has dropped a whopping 32.5%. So kids, turn up the thermostat and break out those books — it’s going to be a cozy winter!

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.